Kicker Alex Henery spent all week under a cloud of uncertainty.
His long snapper Jon Dorenbos was a question mark to play after he suffered a high ankle sprain last Sunday against the Cardinals. And last Tuesdaym the Eagles cut punter Chas Henry, the only holder Henery had worked with in a regular season game. He was replaced with punter Mat McBriar, who was re-signed to replace Henry.
So with only a few days of practice to fine-tune their game, it was fair to wonder just how well Henery and the kicking unit would perform when the pressure was on. Fortunately for Henery – and Eagles fans – they performed just fine.
"That's why we worked all week and out there today," Henery said. "Our rhythm was real good. You couldn't even (tell) that someone new was in there. I was hitting the ball as well as I have (in previous games,) so I was happy with that."
Henery has every reason to be happy. He nailed all four of his field goal attempts, including a season-long 48-yarder Sunday night. In all, Henery scored 13 of the Eagles' 19 points.
Sunday night's game took on the feeling of a defensive slugfest very quickly. The Eagles offense was unable to get into field goal range in the first quarter and only scored one touchdown in the game. That meant Henery and his kicking unit had to approach each kicking opportunity as though the game depended on it.
"As a kicker you feel like every game is going to go like that," Henery said. "So when it does come you're not surprised. Going in to every game you feel like you're going to have to make a kick to win the game. So you just prepare yourself for that."
Henery may be soft-spoken in his analysis of his own performance, but the always boisterous Dorenbos was happy to give praise to his kicker.
"Alex did a phenomenal job," Dorenbos said. "I like Alex's style; he's so low-key. He goes with the flow. Alex is an easy player to play with."
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